Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Tiger Woods' possible sabbatical, Jim Furyk's frustration, and memories of Rhonda Glenn.
Although short on details or anything even remotely close to a timetable, Tiger Woods’ announcement on Wednesday that he would not play the Honda Classic unless his game “is tournament-ready” was the correct decision.
The microscope that Woods lives under is perhaps the most intrusive in the history of sports, and that’s not exactly the best place to play one’s self out of a slump.
“It’s having the time to focus on the game in an uninterrupted way. Doing it in the public spotlight, understandably so, is not the most conducive,” Woods’ manager Mark Steinberg said. - Rex Hoggard
Poor Jim Furyk. (You know, if we can refer to a guy who's banked more than $62 million on the PGA Tour alone as poor.)
It's now been 4 1/2 years since his last victory. Which wouldn't sound too bad if not for the excruciating way he repeatedly gets into contention, only to falter on Sunday afternoon.
This isn't a coincidence and it's beyond even a pattern. But the good news is, there's got to be a light at the end of this dark tunnel. He'll win again - and when he does, he'll undoubtedly credit the close calls that hounded him for so long. - Jason Sobel
Few communities are as fascinating for a golf writer as Palm Beach County, Fla. The area is saturated with PGA and LPGA tour players who have made their homes there, and many of the natives have national profiles in the game as well. Rhonda Glenn, who died Thursday at the much-too-young age of 68, was one of the latter. A golf writer who didn't come from the area - or even the state or the region - needed help in familiarizing himself with the history of the place, and no one was more giving of time and effort than Rhonda Glenn. She introduced me to her friend Barbara Romack, one of the funniest, most free-spirited individuals I have ever met. She regaled me with tales of Jackie Gleason and the important role he played in golf in Palm Beach and Broward counties. And of course she was my main source whenever I wrote about the history of women's golf, which she had so thoroughly chronicled in her award-winning book.
A few weeks ago I played golf with some fellow writers, who planned to cover the LPGA event in Ocala, Fla. Thinking that Rhonda, who lived not far away, might show up in the press room one day, I asked one of the writers to say hello for me. Sadly, such a meeting never happened. And now I'll never get to say hello again. But I definitely want to say goodbye, and thank you, Rhonda. - Al Tays